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Published February 16th 2017
The greatest sequel of 2017
Following on from the hit 2011 film A Few Best Men, this is a sequel not to be missed.
Brilliantly directed by Mark Lamprell (Babe: Pig in the City & Goddess) and written by Dean Craig (Death and a Funeral & A Few Best Men) the film starts out with a very well made animation, which briefly recaps the events leading up to the end of the previous film. The live action part begins with David, played by Xavier Samuel (Adore & The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Tom, played by Kris Marshall (Love Actually & My Family) and Graham, played by Kevin Bishop (Muppet Treasure Island & Russian Dolls) searching for Luke, who is now played by James Helm (No Through Road & 3 Acts of Murder), who had fallen off a cliff.
They find him in one piece, but to the shock and horror of both them and the audience, a gigantic rock falls on him and now that the awesome foursome is a trio, they must bring their deceased friend across Australia and back to his family in England, before Luke's psychotic cousin Henry, played by Ryan Corr (Wolf Creek 2 & Cleverman) kills them all.
As usual, the boys make a huge mess of things, which leads them to making disastrous mistakes, including crashing a plane, ending up trapped in a house with the Australian version of Norman Bates, who goes by the name of Mungus, played by Shane Jacobson (Kenny & Oddball and the Penguins) and losing Luke's body to a group of hippies at a crazy festival in the middle of nowhere.
I would definitely recommend seeing A Few Best Men first, before viewing this film, as it directly follows on from its predecessor and you get more of a sense of the characters, storyline and jokes. Speaking of which, while this film is very funny, in my own opinion, it just wasn't quite as funny as the first one, but still very enjoyable, all the same.
For those of you from Perth, Western Australia, keep a look out for some familiar faces among the extras, as the majority of the film was made and based in Western Australia.
The effects and soundtrack are very fitting to the film and so much darker than in the first film, which is a nice change and be sure to stick around till the end of the credits to see the exclusive and very funny bloopers reel!
A Few Less Men is rated MA and is recommended for those ages 15 and over, as it contains strong course language, drug use and crude sexual humour.